USF’s newly appointed director of its Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, Father Stephen Katsouros, hopes to use his knowledge in Catholic education to mold tomorrow’s Bay Area leaders.
What are your duties as the director of ICEL? ICEL is a program that has been in existence for 35 years. It exists to support and train leaders in Catholic educational leadership on all levels: higher education, secondary education and elementary education. I’m here to make sure that the program is doing what its mission intends it to do.
You were the president of Loyola High School in Manhattan, N.Y., for nine years. How will that experience help you? I know what it’s like to lead a school. But a keyword in so many sectors right now is sustainability. We here at ICEL assist leaders in their research on sustainability, on Catholic identity, on financial issues and intellectual issues of Catholic education.
ICEL will be celebrating its 35 anniversary Oct. 18 at the Presidio. Can you tell us about that? We’re having a leadership dinner. We have a number of alumni who will be coming to speak about how their experiences at ICEL influenced them personally and in their careers as leaders.